January 8, 2015

Health Mart, an independent pharmacy network with more than 3,600 locally owned community pharmacies across all 50 states, on Thursday launched a national multi-million dollar advertising campaign.

 

January 6, 2015

Gilead Sciences’ Harvoni and Sovaldi drugs will be exclusive to CVS Health’s Standard Commercial, Exchange (Marketplace), Medicare Part D and Medicaid formularies.

December 18, 2014

The U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging unveiled a new bipartisan report earlier this week that focuses on ways to increase the use of generic drugs within the Medicare Part D program.

December 9, 2014

Reps. Doug Collins, R-Ga., and Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, introduced on Tuesday H.R. 5815 — the Generic Drug Pricing Fairness Act — which creates greater transparency in how PBMs reimburse pharmacies for generic prescription drugs under Medicare Part D, the military’s TRICARE program, and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

November 13, 2014

Cardinal Health recently launched a new online tool, developed by eHealth, that its retail pharmacy customers can use to help their patients compare Medicare Part D prescription drug plans.

November 13, 2014

A new analysis released by Avalere Health Thursday found that Medicare Part D prescription drug plans are poised to increase significantly the use of coinsurance in 2015. 

October 24, 2014

Cigna-HealthSpring Rx, a national Part D plan, has announced that Bartell Drugs’ will be part of its 2015 pharmacy network, accounting for 63 of Cigna-HealthSpring’s 62,000 network pharmacies.

October 24, 2014

In the wake of an Oct. 21 blogpost on Health Affairs, “The $500 Billion Medicare Slowdown: A Story About Part D,” Ralph Neas, president and CEO of the Generic Pharmacuetical Association, issued the following statement.

October 22, 2014

Drug Channels on Tuesday released a report showing that Walmart and Walgreens dominate 2015 Medicare Part D preferred networks, followed by independent pharmacy. 

October 16, 2014

Cigna-HealthSpring Rx, a national Part D plan, on Thursday announced that members of EPIC Pharmacy Network will be part of its 2015 pharmacy network.

October 14, 2014

CVS/pharmacy will offer its senior patients an easy way to compare Medicare Part D prescription drug plans during the annual enrollment period of Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, the company has announced.

October 14, 2014

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America on Tuesday launched AccessBetterCoverage.org.

 

October 14, 2014

During the upcoming annual Medicare Part D enrollment period Rite Aid is offering free resources. 

October 7, 2014

Walgreens on Tuesday announced it has more than doubled its preferred network relationships with national Medicare Part D plan sponsors for 2015. 

October 1, 2014

Express Scripts on Wednesday announced that its two nationally available 2015 Express Scripts Medicare Prescription Drug Plans will offer a preferred retail pharmacy network featuring Walgreens.

September 24, 2014

After several challenging years, exacerbated by the implementation of the Medicare prescription drug benefit, the rate of independent pharmacy closures has calmed.

September 3, 2014

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced on Wednesday that it has written to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to “recommend administrative changes to facilitate a smooth start for new exchange enrollees seeking prescription drug coverage in the 2015 plan year.”


July 30, 2014

Since the Affordable Care Act was signed in 2010, more than 8 million older and disabled Americans with Medicare benefits have saved $11.5 billion on prescription drugs.

June 27, 2014

SilverScript Insurance Co., a CVS Caremark company, has entered into collaborations with seven accountable care organizations across the country.

June 25, 2014

In an article published Wednesday in the Health Affairs blog, CVS Caremark chief medical and scientific officers and others commented on a missing piece in the current approach to accountable healthcare models.

May 20, 2014

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Monday issued final regulations for the Medicare Advantage and prescription drug benefit (Part D) programs.

May 20, 2014

"Should a Medicare senior’s “preferred” pharmacy be nine hours away by plane? Should a community pharmacy be reimbursed $300 below its cost of acquiring and dispensing a lifesaving drug? Should patients endure long trips for basic health services that a local community pharmacist is qualified to provide? Of course not," writes National Community Pharmacists Association CEO, B. Douglas Hoey in his latest guest blog entry.

May 7, 2014

The 46th Annual NCPA Conference on National Legislation and Government Affairs kicked off Wednesday on Capitol Hill, bringing together hundreds of members of the National Community Pharmacists Association to discuss critical community pharmacy issues with members of the Senate and House of Representatives, as well as government officials and political insiders.

April 10, 2014

Prescription drug trend grew 3.8% in 2013, driven by significant price inflation for traditional brand drugs, specialty drugs and generics, as well as an increase in utilization as members filled more prescriptions in the slowly improving economy, according to the findings of CVS Caremark’s annual "Insights" report released on Thursday.